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Young people in Hull step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a brighter future

Young people in Hull step up and create what is rightfully theirs: a healthy planet, a thriving economy and a brighter future

Jess Clark No Comment

Three months on from the Paris climate change agreement, the Big Lottery Fund is investing £33 million in more than 30 organisations to inspire and develop the next generation of environmental leaders. Probe (Hull) Limited is receiving almost £1 million.

Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today – a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.

Thirty-one youth-led projects across the UK are each receiving around £1m of funding to give young people the skills and knowledge to improve their local environments – from reducing marine pollution to minimising food waste. In doing so, young people will develop the confidence and resilience to become environmental leaders and influence decisions at local and national levels.

In Hull, a strong partnership has been created to deliver Youth in Nature as part of the Our Bright Future portfolio. The partnership, of not for profit organisations and charities, led by Probe (Hull) Ltd, includes Child Dynamix, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, EMS Ltd and East Hull Community Farm, bringing a wealth of youth engagement, environmental specialisms and skills development expertise together.

Youth in Nature will develop a comprehensive programme of wildlife related activity led by young people.  The project will create a centrepiece wildlife corridor, and a number of satellite initiatives across Hull in partnership with local communities, businesses, developers and volunteers.

Youth in Nature will:

•Engage young people in the natural environment, including trips and visits

•Offer practical wildlife activities including hands-on development of a wildlife corridor and 16 local ‘wildlife zones’

•Campaign for and seek to influence others on behalf of nature and wildlife, enhancing awareness of the natural world

•Offer 500 young people the chance to develop a range of skills, improving employability and life chances.

Steve Alltoft, General Manager of Probe (Hull) Limited said:

“We are delighted to be involved as one of only 31 projects delivering an exciting and ground breaking project, which will have significant beneficial impacts on both local people and the local environment.  We have a strong partnership who are ready to hit the ground running and we are determined to make a real difference both locally and as part of the national Our Bright Future vision.”